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David Goldbloom

Former Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada

David Goldbloom, MD, is Senior Medical Advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and former Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and is author of How Can I Help?

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Mental Health & the Workplace: Stigma, Reality & Hope
This type of talk provides an introductory understanding of what mental health & illness is and is not, how it manifests in the workplace, the attitudes and behaviours it engenders, and what can be done about it.  Whether it’s an audience oil and gas pipefitters in Empress, Alberta to wealth managers on Bay Street, from elementary school teachers to lawyers, a wide array of industries benefit from better understanding of how to manage mental health in the workplace.

Mental Health & Illness in the 21st Century
Goldbloom provides a broad overview, challenges stereotypes, and includes history as well as excitement about the future.  He looks in detail at our beliefs, attitudes and behaviours toward people with mental illness and is equally suitable for lay and health professional audiences.

Mental Health, Mental Illness & Creativity
This talk has been given at the Stratford Festival, at teaching hospitals and universities, and in community settings. It’s an entertaining exploration of the creative process and how it relates to mental health, invoking some of the latest scientific research about the nature of the association.


Order of Canada

Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

  • Mental illness is shrouded in secrecy, shame and fear. Dr Goldbloom does...a brilliant job of destigmatizing psychiatry and its patients. What does mental illness look like and sound like? Can people truly be helped? Cured? The answers are honest, moving and hopeful. - Valerie Pringle, broadcaster & mental health advocate
  • ...conveys Goldbloom's compassion, wisdom and emphasis on the practical care of his patients, as well as his frustrations at the limits of current treatments. - Paul Garfinkel, staff psychiatrist CAMH
  • It was a terrific session - Dr. Goldbloom was great!

    - Senior Director, Legal Services and Assistant General Counsel, Payments Canada

Summary Profile

With an unexpected mix of humour and pop culture references, Dr. David Goldbloom helps audiences understand the state of mental health today and provides insights into modern psychiatric care. He offers an insightful look into often misunderstood perceptions of mental illness and the world of psychiatry – as well as the hope that can exist when people access the help they need.

An award-winning educator, Goldbloom has twice been named ‘most outstanding teacher’ by the graduating medical class of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto where he continues his role as a Professor of Psychiatry; he is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College. He shares his insights in his presentations and in his bestselling 2016 book: How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist, praised as ‘wise, thoughtful and funny.

It will touch your heart and change your mind’ by the Honourable Bob Rae. He served as Vice Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada from its inception in 2007 and Chair from 2012-2015. He has also served on the Board of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation and continues to serve on the boards of The Graham Boeckh Foundation and Jack.org Internationally, he has lectured in the United States, Australia, France, and England.

He was elected to membership in the American College of Psychiatrists and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association as well as the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

He is the author of over 100 scientific articles and book chapters and has edited a textbook entitled Psychiatric Clinical Skills as well as Psychiatry in Primary Care: A Concise Canadian Pocket Guide. He has provided numerous talks and lectures to student, professional, and public audiences in every province of Canada.

Beyond his professional responsibilities, he has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Stratford Festival and President of the Board of the Off Centre Music Salon, a professional chamber music ensemble. He also is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Glenn Gould Foundation. .